NCB Now: Raising early achievement in literacy

Friday, April 1, 2011

On Tuesday 24 May, NCB's Early Childhood Unit is holding a free conference at the University of Sheffield on how to raise early achievement in literacy.

NCB has been working with Professor Cathy Nutbrown at the University of Sheffield on the lottery-funded Real project in Sheffield and Oldham.

This conference, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), will revisit the findings of research, feature Real family literacy work currently being carried out in children's centres, and launch a ESRC-funded programme that offers the opportunity for some practitioners to participate in a year-long research project.

The Real project builds on what parents already do at home to help children learn, and so far 128 children have been helped through events and home visits, to engage children and their families in imaginative literacy activities — such as visits to libraries, book sharing and story-telling, making recipe books, and singing and recording nursery rhymes and songs.

To book a place or for more information, please contact Karen Kitchen at k.kitchen@sheffield.ac.uk or for more information about the Real project, visit www.peal.org.uk.

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